Formative Assessment

What is formative assessment and feedback?

Formative assessments are typically low- or no-stakes assessments used with the intent of informing the instructor about how well their instructional approach is working.

Active Learning Online: Peer Instruction using Group Exams

Use peer instruction to squeeze extra learning out of your exam by making students take it twice. Once on their own (90%), then again with a team (10%).

Active Learning Online: Effective online communication - Muddiest Point

Use the "muddiest point" technique to gain insight to your students' learning and provide targeted instruction.

Active Learning Online: Post-lecture Quizzes

Use quizzes to bust the fluency illusion and give timely feedback.

Leveraging Student Feedback: The Power of Formative Surveys

This workshop focuses on the attributes, logistics, and effective use of formative student surveys. Participants will learn how to create effective and useful surveys in Canvas and will be given time to work on building their own formative surveys while receiving help from instructional designers.

More Reps for Better Learning

In Psychology 350, Research Methods & Data Analysis, Professor Cal Garbin makes extensive use of large question banks to provide opportunities for his students to do enough "reps," or practice, that they develop the skills and knowledge needed to approach course assessments with confidence. Garbin’s approach combines many assignment exercises with strategic proctored testing.

Assessment Techniques

As an instructor, it is helpful to approach assessment through multiple avenues in order to get a more comprehensive view of student learning and instructor performance (Graff 2010). We have gathered some example assessment and grading techniques. However, not every example will fit every class, and instructors are encouraged to adapt and create methods based on the needs of their classes. (Angelo and Cross 1993)

Assessment: Measuring Learning

Assessment is how an instructor learns what a student does or does not know about the course material. In general, formative approaches inform instructors' teaching and summative approaches measure students' understanding.

Mapping Learning Goals to Assessment Techniques Using the iTGI Tool

The Interactive Teaching Goals Inventory tool provides instructors with a valuable resource to align their learning goals with various assessment techniques. Developed using Angelo & Cross's (1993) paper-based inventory, the tool prompts instructors to rate learning goals on five levels from essential to teach and assess to not important to teach or assess.